- Undergraduate Students
- Postgraduate Students
- International Students
The University of Buckingham has been ranked first for Student Satisfaction in 2017, 2018 and 2019 by The Complete University Guide; it also achieved Gold in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework. Buckingham pioneered the two-year honours degree and opened the UK's first independent medical school. It provides students with a personalised learning experience, with a small-group tutorial system and exceptional pastoral care.
UCAS Code: B90
Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
TEF Gold is awarded to institutions that consistently deliver outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for their students. Find out more about TEF.
Level of study
- Undergraduate 51%
- Postgraduate 49%
Mode of study
- Full Time 93%
- Part Time 7%
Where students come from
- UK 68%
- EU 4%
- Other 28%
- Male 51%
- Female 49%
Student Services and Facilities
Libraries and Information Services
- The university library opens seven days a week. It is a combination of modern and ancient buildings, with study environments providing space for private and group work.
- There is also a dedicated law library for the Buckingham Law School.
- The university employs students in the library, student bar and Students' Union on a part-time basis, and as student ambassadors to support events. These opportunities are regularly advertised to students.
- Part-time work is available in local towns, including the large Bicester Village shopping mall, Milton Keynes and Silverstone F1 Race Track
- The university has strong links with local recruitment agencies who regularly visit campus and will assist students in finding part-time work.
- A central Careers Service offers students from all schools of study a drop-in service for information, advice and guidance.
- Students can book one-to-one sessions with an adviser at the main office and also in careers offices on other campuses.
- A programme of workshops aimed at enhancing the students' employability is arranged to complement the skills gained during their studies.
- The university also supports students with internships and work experience opportunities. A three-year programme in Business includes a work placement year.
- Students are encouraged register with the local NHS surgery, which has close links to the university.
- Doctors and nurses hold surgeries on campus each week and the main surgery is 10 minutes' walk from the university's main campus. The practice offers a full and student-centered service.
Counselling and Mental Health Support
- A student welfare and support term based on campus includes professional counsellors, and residence officers to support students in accommodation.
- The university launched the UK's first positive university initiative in 2017, embedding positive psychology into its curriculum.
- Two well-being dogs live on campus to help support students and staff to manage stress and anxiety.
- Students are actively encouraged to inform the university of any disabilities and specific learning differences before they arrive, to enable support to be put in place.
- There is a professional student welfare team on campus.
- The Students' Union Executive serves a six-month term of office, with elections in March and August. The union building is located in the Old Town Mill (OTM) building by the river; it has a bar, restaurant/diner, gym, dance studio, music room and outside seating by the river.
- Over 40 societies and clubs are affiliated to the union, including the Buckingham Sports Union, Law Society, Amnesty International Society, Caribbean Society, Nigerian Society, Christian Union and Islamic Society.
- The union organises weekly events such as quizzes, live music nights and themed parties; and annually it hosts the Graduation Ball, Rag Week, Freshers' week (in both September and January) and the annual Duck Race.
- The University of Buckingham opened in 1976 and celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2016.
- It is the only independent university in the UK with a Royal Charter.
- The Medical School opened in 2015 in partnership with Milton Keynes University Hospital. A 4.5 year MB ChB medicine programme is available to UK and international students.
- The University of Buckingham was the first UK university to offer a two-year honours degree.
Notable Alumni and Famous Faces
- Robin Totterman – owner of Inspecs, a spectacle design and manufacturing business.
- Arjun Oberoi – runs Oberoi Hotel Group in India, a family business.
- Marc Gene – F1 test driver for Ferrari, winner of the 24-hour Le Mans in 2009.
- Patrick Coote – head of family office for NAUTIQ and business partner behind Superyacht TV.
- Chris de Lapuente – adventurer, global president and chief executive officer of Sephora (part of LVMH group).
- Sara Sutcliffe – former director of legal and HR at the British Olympic Association, now CEO of the English Table Tennis Association.
- Frederick Mitchell – former foreign minister for The Bahamas.
- Leo Mills – former cabinet secretary, Bermuda.
- Bob Tavener – CEO of Twinings.
- Mark Allen – CEO of Dairy Crest Group PLC.
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